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commanded our respect in a remarkable way. part of it was because of his service in the war. he and bob dole, our former colleague, literally were wounded at about the same time in europe and were in the same hospital recovering from tremendously serious wounds. senator inouye, of course, later was awarded the congressional medal of honor for that. senator pryor was telling the story that when senator inouye was finally elected to congress he wrote senator dole a note and said, "i'm here. where are you?" because both of them, when they were recovering from their war wounds, had determined that one day they wanted to serve in the united states congress. inouye got here first. a few years ago senator inouye and senator ted stevens invited a number of us to go with them to china. it was quite an experience. senator stevens -- of course, another world war ii veteran -- had flown the first cargo play plane into what was then peking in 1974. and senator inouye was well-regarded in china for that service. and so the group of norse -- there must have been -- and so the group of norse -- ther of se m
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Dec 18, 2012 3:00am PST
respected by folks. you know when you think of he and bob dole coming in together about the same time. and to think of the greatest of greatest generations, you would have to put dan inouye right at the top. >> bill: absolutely. he was remembered yesterday fondly by republicans and democrats on the floor of the united states senate. i saw that one hawaiian journalist wrote even more than king kamehameha, dan inouye ruled hawaii. he had more clout. >> extraordinary thing was of course he served with such distinction in that war when his relatives, friends others, were in internment camps in the united states and were not treated as americans. it wasn't -- he was not a bitter man at all about it. he wasn't a bitter man having lost his arm. as you said, he became an adult and became a pretty extraordinary adult. >> bill: a real american patriot. peter fenn here, "friend of bill" this hour. we're going to be joined by congressman john yarmuth from kentucky. made a lot of news yesterday. when he came out long-time
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